Yes, we tied. I agree with you. I would have cried if I was in that position also. And middle schoolers should be allowed to go to Nats. The GeoBee is a Nats level, sand they give out 25k to the winner as well as broadcasting it on ABC. SO doesn't do that. Kids need to get more mature these days.Just to put in my thoughts.
MM and SAA were tied, yes? Since the tie was broken by 1st place medals (keep in mind this is the first time something like this has happened where a bid to nats was at stake) they were extremely close. I don't blame MM for crying. I think for anyone to be in their position, it would be frustrating too because they were extremely close.
About the Nats thing, I don't see why middle schoolers shouldn't be allowed to go to state: there's a lot of pressure yes, but sometimes pressure can motivate. As long as it's the students motivating themselves and not coaches or parents that are the driving force for performing well to get to Nats, I don't see the harm in the Nats level competition for Div B.
What's the swap meet?Sorry if this is off topic, but what are we supposed to bring for the swap meet for Nationals?
Not off topic at all.Sorry if this is off topic, but what are we supposed to bring for the swap meet for Nationals?
One of my favorite parts of Nationals last year was swap meet, because it was fun to meet so many people from different states. I'm proposing we all wear nametags with our scioly username, so we can all identify each other and get a chance to talk. Is anyone else up for this? Another idea would be writing it on the card with your name in the pouch if UCF does that, since I've only been to the Wright State tournament and I don't know what is normally given out.
I'd bring a SciOly shirt if you have one, maybe memorabilia from a sports team here or from Springfield or Chicago, whichever's closer. Sports would be cool, like a hat or a pennant or something.Sorry if this is off topic, but what are we supposed to bring for the swap meet for Nationals?
Thanks for the advice!!!Wow we gained a lot of new members recently. Welcome!
It seems a lot of you are from Science and Arts, so here's a basic rundown of what the swap meet is:
After the opening awards ceremony, everyone leaves the stadium and enters a new area (an area surrounding the stadium where they usually sell food at things like baseball games). Each school has their own little table set up with stuff their team brought, but most people walk around too. There are little items and toys everywhere, and you simply just walk up to someone and ask for a trade. There is a lot of bargaining going on!
As to what you should bring, literally anything. It doesn't have to represent Illinois (or any state) in any way. Of course, having items like these is always a plus and makes trading more fun (such as cheese hats from Wisconsin and License Plates from certain states). Almost any interesting item you have laying around you could probably trade. Make sure to bring them in a bag to hold them and to have a bag to hold items that you get.
All this junk does get a little annoying eventually in my opinion My solution that I think I'm going to try this year is to start with a small worthless item and trade it to see what is the most expensive item I can work my way up to by trading. I'm pretty sure this was in an episode of The Office. If it is your first time at Nationals, I wouldn't recommend this, as it might suck all the fun out of this experience.
Good luck and have fun.
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